Month: October 2016

Praying Through God’s Word: Acts

Praying Through God's Word

Acts 1:1-26

We thank You, Lord, for Your gift of the Holy Spirit. We are not called to serve You in our own strength. We come to You in our weakness. You give to us Your strength. This is the strength that we need – the strength that comes from You.

Acts 2:1-47

We thank You, Lord, that the Holy Spirit directs our attention to Jesus (John 16:14). He leads us to make our confession of faith: “Jesus is Lord” (1 Corinthians 12:3). He leads us into a new life – a life that is centred on Jesus, a life that brings glory to You and blessing to us.

Acts 3:1-26

What we cannot do for ourselves, You do for us. Thank You, Lord. You forgive our sins. You give us new life. You’re leading us on to Your eternal glory. Thank You, Lord.

Acts 4:1-5:11

Without You, Lord, we are…

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Is Christ Your Church’s Living Stone?

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The idea is that the cornerstone represents Christ as the Chosen Stone (Acts 4:11; Rom. 9:33; 1 Pet. 2:6-8). The idea that Jesus Christ is our Living Stone has significant ramifications of His Lordship over our lives and church. These themes refer to Him as our temple, the One who gives us grace, reconciliation, empowerment, and comfort, and He does not disappoint. Living stone means the foundation, the source of something, such as of a building or a family (Psalm 118:22; Isa. 8:14; 28:16; 2 Peter 2:4-10).

This means Jesus is the Spiritual Temple, not just in theory or in liturgy, but in actual practice, living in our day-to-day leadership and management. He is the place and focus of worship and counsel.

The church or temple is no longer a building; it is a community in relationship to Christ. Think of these images from the reality that Jesus was…

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Reverencing Christ

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For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…” Colossians 1:9-10

We must understand the importance of our reverence to Christ. We come before a holy God.

Jesus is not just a pal or friend or guide, He is our Savior and our Lord (2 Cor. 5:16; Rev. 2-3). A healthy church is all about who Christ is and what He has done. He is not just a Savior and/or best Friend; He gives us life, holds our lives, and will judge our lives…

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Critical Prayer Alert: FBI to Reopen Clinton Email Investigation

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Franklin Graham is calling us to pray.  Pastors are calling us to pray.  Other Christian leaders are calling us to pray.  I’m on the bandwagon, and I encourage us to pray.

Joel Rosenberg published a piece entitled “BREAKING: FBI reopens criminal investigation of Hillary”  Please read the article, in which, he too, calls us to pray.

I agree that our elected officials cannot save us.  Washington cannot solve the problems we face.  Our country is on a downward spiral, and it is spinning very quickly out of control.  We need a great awakening.  We need Christians to pray.

Why is this important?  Many, many reasons but here are two:

  1. Our religious freedoms may soon disappear.  The freest nation on earth will no longer be able to speak out against evil and unrighteousness, support Israel, or preach the Gospel.  Right now, the Holy Spirit is restraining Satan and his…

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Exploring Ephesians: Powerful Prayer Points Part Two

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This is one of the most stirring prayer requests we come across in scripture. Paul just has the two requests.

  • Strength in the inner being that continues to allow Christ to dwell – courtesy of the tremendous riches of the heavenly Father
  • From the deep base of love get together with saints to truly get a grip on the love of Christ  a grip that gives that knowledge beyond knowledge so that our entire beings are filled with nothing but God.

Consider those prayer requests. Paul wants his readers to make it their life pursuit to truly know God at the deepest core of their being flowing to all of their lives. Love knowing about love seeing love in action through all the gracious acts in line with the eternal purposes of God. A love that makes two warring factions united in Christ. A love that brought the dead to…

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Exploring Ephesians: Powerful Prayer Points Part One

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Paul is on a roll in the first part of his letter to the Ephesians. He’s painted this glorious explosion of praise at how great this God is that we serve. It’s on that basis as well as the good report that he’s received that pulls him into prayer.

The point of that prayer can be summed up in the sentiment – I want you to know Him.

It is such a weaving prayer request. He wants God to give the readers the wisdom and knowledge in the revelation of Him. Not an academic knowledge that accumulates information to regurgitate. An indepth intimate searching and developing understanding of just who He is He can be known through His Son.

We know it’s more than a head knowledge thing, because looks for the heart to be captured by the light of the knowledge of Him. Knowing what we have in Him…

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Acts Actually: 9 – Gospel Unstoppable

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Part of the story in the book of Acts is the unstoppable spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Religious rulers tried to at first to shut up the disciples by warning them. This failed. They then imprisoned them. This failed too. Internal disputes and iniquities threatened the community. This failed as well. They killed a man that sparked a persecution in order to stop the spread of this gospel. You can guess how that fared.

When a man full of zeal for the Jewish religious status quo arose to attempt to crush the church, this gave the opportunity to show just how unstoppable the gospel is. So radical was the conversion of this great enemy of the church that understandably it met with some suspicion and caution both initially in Damascus and then in Jerusalem.

That’s why Ananias – and it’s refreshing to read of an Ananias that doesn’t lie…

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The Treasure of the Gospel

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the-gospelThomas Guthrie:

“In the blood of Christ, to wash out sin’s darkest stains,

in the grace of God to purify the foulest heart,

in peace to calm life’s roughest storms,

in hopes to cheer guilt’s darkest hour,

in a courage that defies death and descends calmly into the tomb,

in that which makes the poorest rich,

and without which the richest are poor indeed,

the gospel has treasure greater far than east or west unfold and its rewards more precious are than all the stores of gold.” (Taken from The Parables, p. 212)

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